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a pre-colonial West African state that was located in what is now southern Ghana. The empire cultivated a high level of military prowess, wealth, distinctive architecture, and sophisticated culture.
a multi-ethnic country located on the Horn of Africa.
a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria. These people work mostly as craftsmen, farmers and traders.
a peninsula in East Africa that juts into the Guardafui Channel, lying along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden and the southwest Red Sea. The area is the easternmost projection of the African continent and contains the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
a member of an indigenous people of North Africa. Most of these people are farmers or, in modern society, migrant workers.
the world’s largest hot desert and one of the harshest environments on the planet. There is little water or vegetation to sustain life in most part of this desert.
the longest river in the world, called the father of African rivers. It rises south of the Equator and flows northward through northeastern Africa to drain into the Mediterranean Sea.
an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez. It offers watercraft a shorter journey between the North Atlantic and northern Indian Oceans via the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
an African kingdom located in west central Africa in present-day northern Cabinda, the Republic of the Congo, the western portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the southernmost part of Gabon.
an empire that dominated the western Sahel in the 15th and 16th century. At its peak, it was one of the largest states in African history, absorbing large areas of the Mali Empire and attaining great wealth and power.
a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia and one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.